Former Miss Northern Ireland, model Finola Guinnane wears: M&S Tankini, £13; M&S Boy Short Brief, £9.50; Per Una at M&S Green Patent Bag, £18; Portfolio at M&S Burnt Orange Sarong, £7.50; M&S Orange Mix Sun Hat, £16; M&S Tortoiseshell Sunglasses, £10.50; L.K. Bennett Amalfi Wedge Heel, £150 – all available from The OUTLET, Banbridge.

Poolside glamour for Summer 2012 is hitting all the right notes with a wide selection of swimwear and accessories racing on to the high street shelves.
.K. Swimwear Grey Print Bikini, Top £15 & Bottoms £15 at C.K. Underwear at The OUTLET

Some fantastic styles catching our eye this season are the sassy string bikini, the figure-hugging tankini and the alluring halter neck.

C.K. Swimwear Blue Print Bikini £30 at C.K. Underwear at The OUTLET

If you can’t wait to hit the coast with your beach-toned body, then the string bikini is for you:

It’s sexy, cooler than ever and quite simply effortless.

Solid shades are still big this year and Calvin Klein’s classic grey bikini set is the perfect complement for those of us with soft sun-kissed skin.

For something more dramatic, patterned swimwear abounds this summer with styles ranging from flirty floral prints to exciting ethnic prints and sporty stripes.

This abstract floral patterned bikini set from Calvin Klein is fabulous for flattering small chests to give a fuller look.

Ladies who are taller can benefit from the halter neckline too because it gives a longer torso look.

To play down any body flaws or draw attention away from your tummy area, the tankini is the way to go!

Tankinis are more versatile than a swimsuit as you can mix and match away.

Tall ladies can also benefit here when swimsuits are too short in the body.

With matching folding briefs, this tankini from M&S, is in a stunning turquoise hue, and with moulded cups it is ultimately extremely flattering offering fabulous shape, support and comfort.

Try colour blocking with a sarong wrapped around the hips for accenting the waist and offering extra cover.

Add a 70’s style floppy hat, teal patent bag, a pair of wedges and tortoiseshell shades, and you’ve never been so beach ready!